James-Webb Telescope Reveals New Images of Jupiter

Two small moons, nebulous rings and glowing poles: NASA has released impressive new images of Jupiter thanks to the James-Webb Space Telescope.  (AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing Judy Schmidt)

Two small moons, nebulous rings and glowing poles: NASA has released impressive new images of Jupiter thanks to the télescope spatial James-Webb.

“It’s really remarkable to be able to see details of Jupiter with its rings, small satellites and even galaxies, all in one image”Imke de Pater, an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley, said Monday in a NASA blog post.

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At the poles of the most massive planet in our solar system emerge lights that look like fluorescent lights: these are the auroras of Jupiter which, as for our Earth, are made up of particles from the Sun which react to the magnetic field of the star .

These images also show the surface of this gas giant with its winds, storms and fogs.

A larger view shows Jupiter with its very thin rings and two moons, Amalthea and Adrastea.

Image obtained by NASA in late July 2022. (NASA via AP) Image obtained by NASA in late July 2022. (NASA via AP)

These images are taken from observations of a James-Webb tool, the Near Infrared Camera (NIRcam), which observes the near infrared, a field invisible to the naked eye. The data collected, which will be studied by the researchers to better understand the inner workings of Jupiter, has been adapted to obtain these illustrations visible to the human eye.

A $10 billion engineering gem, the James Webb Telescope was launched into space eight months ago and is 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

The World with AFP

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